A Festive Shakespeare at The Garrick Inn, Stratford-upon-Avon.

A big thank you for reading my blog this year. I have been trying to hook it up to a subscription email service which I am finding impossible to make work properly, so a double thank-you for finding it in one of the obscure corners of the internet.

It’s been a busy year. I’m pleased to report that my Peg Woffington biography has a peer reviewer at last. I’m also working on a book about Sir John Vanbrugh and his circle which focusses on the opera house in the Haymarket – more about this in due course.

I continue to read my way through Shakespeare’s canon. I read ten plays this year (not a great deal but I’m happy with that, given the amount of research I have on my plate). Last Christmas I set up a new tradition of reading a Shakespeare play in the festive season – last year it was a re-read of The Winter’s Tale; this year it will be a first read of The Comedy of Errors. Thank you to those of you who have engaged with my occasional essays on Shakespeare.

Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.